Prisoners ★★★★★

This movie is just fucking amazing. Tense, emotional, beautifully shot, and compellingly acted, Prisoners is an experience I don't think I can forget. I've been bugging my friend to watch this for a while now, and then I realized- Hey, I probably need a rewatch. So that's what I did, and I'm glad I did, because wow. The first time I watched it, I watched it in pieces- Certainly not a bad thing to do for a lot of movies, but for this, it definitely hurt my viewing experience. This film enthralls you and doesn't let you go, letting out emotional suckerpunch after emotional suckerpunch. Hugh Jackman delivers easily the best performance of his career, portraying Keller Dover with such authenticity and genuine anger that I can't help but be invested. The writing slowly layers together the story, establishing aspects in the plot with flow and naturality. The cinematography, by Roger Deakins, is absolutely gorgeous, with each and every shot adding another level of realism to this harsh situation. Everything is just perfect here, and the only other thing I could say is to just watch Prisoners.

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